Virtual doctors are among the most exciting, yet under-reported, medical services in India.
They are not only the most popular but also the most lucrative.
Their service, which is free to enter, is largely based on the ability to see patients in virtual rooms or in person.
Many of them, including in India, are based in small rural hospitals.
The doctor has to meet the patient for the first time, or face a waiting list of about four to six months.
While many of them are based at government hospitals, some have also opened their doors to the public.
India is the only country where virtual medicine has gone mainstream.
There are more than 70,000 virtual doctors and other medical professionals in the country, according to the National Centre for Virtual Medicine.
Among them, there are more doctors than in any other country.
India has 1.3 million doctors.
Most of them practice in rural areas.
In 2017, there were about 2.8 million rural doctors, according the government-run National Institute of Medical Education and Research (NIEMIR).
According to Dr Srinivasan, one of the co-founders of the company, the biggest hurdle is in convincing people to enter the virtual medicine world.
He believes virtual medicine is more mainstream than the other medical practices, which are largely based in urban areas.
“The only reason we are getting such a huge number of doctors in rural hospitals is because people are willing to pay a little bit for the privilege of having a virtual physician.
But what they really need is a virtual health centre,” he told The Times Of India.
Dr Srinivaan, who works in the virtual health sector at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., says he has seen virtual medicine in use at some hospitals in the US.
He also said that some virtual medical centers are more popular than others in India because of their proximity to other hospitals.
“Some of them have very good quality, but some of them aren’t very good.
I would say, if you look at the average, I think the best ones are in urban centres, because they are nearby,” he said.
But he admits that the demand is not always there.
The Indian government has launched a nationwide campaign in 2018 to promote virtual medicine.
Dr Suddha Ravi, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, says the government has been very successful in convincing rural doctors to join the virtual-medicine fold.
He says he is now seeing virtual-health centers as a way to boost rural healthcare.
“It’s a good business model for the government.
In the next five years, they will be able to grow it in the rural areas,” he says.
Virtual medicine has also helped the government to tackle the health crisis in the north-east.
A group of doctors from two rural hospitals in Tamil Nadu state started an online portal to help people who have lost their primary care doctors.
They say the portal has already helped over 200,000 patients and helped them find their primary-care doctor in Tamilnadu state.
“We were initially looking for primary- care doctors in the state, but there was no availability.
We came across the website, which led us to start the portal,” said Prakash Jain, chief medical officer at the state’s Medical College of Tamil Nadu (MCTR).
“We started offering free consultations, and the patient population has also increased dramatically.”
The government is now looking to create virtual-therapy facilities at hospitals across the country.
Virtual-therapists can also offer treatment to people in other states and can access data from the health-care data centre of the Department of Medical Devices and Radiological Research (DMRCR).
In India, virtual-care providers can operate anywhere in the world, from remote remote villages in the Himalayas to big cities like Mumbai.
In 2017, a virtual-doctor clinic was established at a hospital in Kolkata, India, where it was able to offer free consultations and care to more than 1,000 people.
According to Mr. Jain and Dr. Rajiv Mehta, head of the Indian Virtual-Care Provider Association (IVCPA), more than 60 virtual-doctors have opened up in their country.
They are also now working on creating a nationwide network of virtual-physicians, they said.
Dr. Janaa, a former doctor who works at the National Institute for Medical Education (NIMED) in Mumbai, said there is a need for the medical profession to be more proactive in providing care.
I think there is need to be proactive and innovative in our approach to virtual-surgery, he said, adding that virtual-specialists can help in providing the best possible care.
“The need is now there, we have to find